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Hence Venerable Bede, explaining Our Lord's answer to the woman spoken of in the Gospel, who exclaimed,
Blessed is the womb that bore Thee Yea, rather, blessed are they who hear the word of God and keep it,
explains that Mary was indeed blessed in becoming the Mother of God, but that she was much more so in always loving and obeying the Divine will.
St. Alphonsus di Liguori, The Glories of Mary,(Tan Books), 495.
Obedience is a hallmark of the Blessed Virgin Mary and one attribute which calls down the Holy Spirit:
The God of our fathers has raised up Jesus whom you put to death. We testify to this. So too does the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those that obey him. (Acts 5:32)
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St. Maximilian Kolbe
What kind of prayer is most efficacious? The most efficacious prayer is that which flows from obedience and obligation. In other words, those rather grim and everyday sources of grace for us and for souls. This does not signify that private prayer is of little value, for it has great value, but only in relationship to those of obligation is it of lesser value.
Will to Love, (Marytown Press),96
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